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Have you ever heard of water stress? It is a serious dilemma and is becoming increasingly worse with population growth and urbanization during a time when climate change appears to be affecting precipitation. However, you can help make a difference just by incorporating water conservation into everyday life. From simple things like using dropped ice cubes to water your plants to installing an instant water heater under your kitchen sink, here are over 200 simple and practical ways to save water:
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Long-distance care for your aging parent can feel complicated, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Technology offers some great tools to simplify your situation and can even save you money. Plus, by incorporating these great tech options into your and your loved one’s routine, you can help bridge the miles.
Thanks to Jason Lewis from Strong Well for contributing the following article:
Technology Cuts Costs
Eighty-six percent of American healthcare spending goes toward chronic conditions, and nine out of 10 seniors suffer from one or more chronic health concern like diabetes or heart disease. According to TechCrunch, incorporating technology into seniors’ care routines can cut their health costs by eliminating unnecessary trips to the hospital.
Tools That Help
Advances in technology can make your life much easier as a long-distance caregiver. You can help your parents with wearables, apps or online services.
More Than Miles Between You
Many families suffer with old emotional wounds. Seeing your parent age and needing your help can bring unhealed problems to the surface. Sometimes there is a history of addiction, and perhaps you’re reminded when you’re reviewing medications and worrying about over-usage. These are issues that can feel monumental to overcome. The Painful Truth explains that “family members suffer a spectrum of raw negative emotions over the discovery of the problem, such as guilt, shame, worry, fear, frustration and anger.” They advise that self-care will be the key to being able to help your parent and to be effective. Attend support groups, reach out to family, and participate in your favorite hobbies.
Technology offers many tools for supporting your parent from afar, and can even cut costs. Reach out to your senior loved one through wearables, apps and online services. And if you need to reconcile an old rift, make sure you put self-care first. These tools and tips can help your situation become less complicated and give you both peace of mind.
Thanks to Jason Lewis from Strong Well for contributing the following article:
Going to church can be a great way for the elderly to get out, socialize, and stay active in their community, but it turns out that attending church can benefit seniors in even more significant ways. A substantial body of research shows that church may improve the health of aging adults, from physical to mental wellbeing. Following are a few health perks that seniors can enjoy when they stay active in a church community.
Church Helps Seniors Stay Physically Healthy
Better Preventive Care
Attending church makes seniors more likely to stay on top of preventive health care, from flu shots to cancer screenings, according to one study. Seniors who struggle to afford regular visits to their primary care doctor can find a valuable resource in church-sponsored health fairs that perform cholesterol screenings, flu shots, and other services. Church communities also tend to promote healthy lifestyles that include regular check-ups and cancer screenings.
When a senior spends time with the same group of people every week, they have a support network that’s able to notice changes in health and behavior that could easily be overlooked in a more socially isolated person. For this reason, church attendance promotes early detection of illness in older adults.
Improved Treatment Compliance
Seniors who are active in church tend to better comply with treatment regimens prescribed by their doctors after an illness or injury. Not only are they more likely to have a social network checking up on their health, but seniors who regularly attend church will also be more accustomed to the regimented schedule that most treatment plans require.
All of the above benefits of church amount to a major perk of attending those weekly sermons: Going to church helps you live longer. According to a study, weekly church attendees are up to 33 percent less likely to die prematurely than those who never attend.
Church Helps Seniors Stay Mentally Healthy
Social isolation poses a big problem for senior citizens. As children move away, friends pass on, and mobility wanes, it’s easy for elderly people to find themselves spending most of their time alone at home. Unfortunately, isolation and loneliness are linked to higher rates of depression, hastened cognitive decline, poorer recovery from injury and illness, and even earlier death. Church helps keep seniors socially active well into their later years as they find opportunities to mingle with peers and younger congregation members alike.
A study published in the Journal of Religion and Health showed that older people who attend church more than once a week are 56 percent more likely to have an optimistic outlook on life compared to non-churchgoers. Whether this is caused by the positive worldview espoused by many religions, healthier lifestyles, strong social connections, or something else isn’t clear, but
the effects are compelling: Thanks to these mood-boosting effects, churchgoers are also 22 percent less likely to experience depression compared to non-attendees.
Better Cognitive Health
Attending church helps keep senior minds active in a number of ways. Hymns let the elderly practice memory recall, discovering new doctrine keeps them learning, and socializing with fellow congregation members provides ever-changing situations to keep the brain on its toes. All of these activities come together to create an environment that helps seniors stave off dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other cognitive disorders
Improved Coping Abilities
Old age can be an emotionally challenging time. Many seniors live to see friends and family pass away, experience illness and injury, and face stress-boosting isolation. Going to church regularly can help seniors cope during stressful times by encouraging them to focus on mindfulness and God’s will. It also gives older adults access to social activities that can take their minds off of stress and grief and offers a network of people to lean on in times of need.
You know that church can bring joy and purpose to your life, but you probably don’t realize just how deep the benefits of staying involved in church can run — especially in your later years. If you or a loved one are concerned about staying healthy in late life, consider finding new ways to get active in a congregation to enjoy all the perks of the church’s teachings and vibrant, compassionate community.
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From celebrating Earth Day to participating in the March for Science, many people are looking into ways they can personally take action right now to help reverse the concerning trend of climate change. The idea of “going green” has been at the front of many people’s minds lately. If you’re one of those people, keep reading for some ideas on how you can help.
With so much devastating climate news being shared each day, it can start to feel like we don’t have any power to stop the changes taking place in our planet. “I’m just one person,” you might think to yourself, “How am I supposed to help stop this?”
Don’t worry; there are many reasons to remain hopeful. The good news is: you don’t have to have superhero powers to help stop climate change. We can all take small actions in our everyday lives and work together to heal the planet and reverse concerning trends such as global warming.
Here are some questions (and answers) regarding climate change and how you can help:
Q. What impact do humans have on climate change and global warming?
A. Rising global temperatures have resulted in changes in weather and climate patterns, including increased rainfall, increased temperatures, floods, droughts, and severe heat waves. Ocean levels are rising, the planet’s water is becoming more acidic, ice caps are melting, and many animals face extinction.
The reason behind these changes? Although some climate changes are natural, scientists and experts believe the recent acceleration of climate change can be directly linked back to humans. Since the Industrial Revolution in 1750, human activities have contributed to the “greenhouse effect” and a rise in CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere. Record levels of CO2 have recently caused the planet to warm, contributing to the rapidly changing climate patterns around the world.
Q. How can I help?
A. Armed with the knowledge that humans are directly contributing to climate change and global warming, there are a few things you can do to help. For starters, you can create a green home to help reduce your carbon footprint, save money, and live more sustainably.
Set your thermostat to a lower temperature throughout the year - and leave it there. Insulate your walls and install solar panels to help reduce energy usage. When your light bulbs burn out, replace them with compact fluorescent lightbulbs instead. Take shorter showers and wash clothing in cold water whenever you can.
Q. How can I reduce my carbon footprint?
A. In addition to having a more eco-friendly home as mentioned above, there are a few other ways you can make your home green to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment. There are many online calculators you can use to determine your personal impact on the world’s carbon levels, water supply and other environmental issues. Once you understand your own personal contributions, you can begin taking steps towards reducing your impact on the environment.
In addition to modifying your home using the steps above, you can reduce your carbon footprint by going “green.” Experts recommend reducing your consumption of meat and dairy, and riding a bike, walking, carpooling, or taking public transportation whenever possible. Borrow or rent items instead of buying new items. Only purchase what you need, and be mindful about the items you do purchase. Try to support sustainable, eco-friendly and local businesses whenever you can. By working together, we each can do our part to reverse the trend of climate change.
This guest blog has been provided by Climatewise.co. Visit their website for more climate change information.
Earth Day comes once a year, but should be celebrated every day. Here at Going Green Limousine we reduce your CARbon footprint by using hybrids to reduce emissions by up to 80%. We also use flex-fuel vehicles and do carbon offsetting for even larger vehicles to assure as small of a footprint as possible when it comes to your ground transportation. We also believe it is our duty to share with you other products and services that are conservation minded or locally based, and we recently had the opportunity to meet some of these vendors at the Presidents Plaza Earth Day Exhibit on April 20, 2017.
Presidents Plaza (http://www.presidentsplaza.com/) is located at 8600 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60631, which is conveniently located near O’Hare airport and has 818,000 square feet of Leed certified office rental space. The hosted our Earth Day fair right outside of the fitness center and near the cafeteria, which is just some of the amenities this building offers its tenants. (773) 695-9960.
Andrew’s Caramels (https://andrewscaramel.com/) has been making all natural caramel apples fresh in Chicago for 60 years. Whether you like a plain Caramel Apple or something more exotic like a Turtle Caramel Apple, Andrew’s won’t disappoint you with their crisp apples and yummy caramel. Visit them at 6620 W Dakin St in Chicago. (773) 286-2224.
Bright Endeavors (https://brightendeavors.org/) sells soy candles that are made by young mothers who are empowered by learning a new craft and having a source of revenue through the Bright Endeavors paid job training program. Candles are available in a variety of scents and sizes and can also be rented out to venues and restaurants for single use events. (773) 388-2811.
Gallery’s Choice (https://www.galleryschoice.com/) is a three for one specialty shop located at 926 Warren Ave in Downers Grove. They offer (1) stunning handmade art from plaques to bowls, (2) a variety of art classes, and (3) a novel assortment of lavender products made and baked with lavender fresh from their local farm in Yorkville. 630-969-5660.
Open Space Organizing (http://openspaceorganizing.com/) helps declutter your life and gets you on the path of freedom. Your time is valuable and shouldn’t be wasted sifting through the same junk drawer or stack of papers repeatedly. If you don’t feel the energy moving in your home or office, Cathy and her crew can help you get started. 630-453-2582.
I have added these new contacts to our Green Links page as well, so you can find them there along with some of our other green resource listings. We hope you enjoyed learning about them. If you know of anybody that you think should be added to Green Links, drop us a line. We are always happy to encourage local sustainability. Thanks for Going Green!
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Why to Use a Limousine Service Instead of a Ridesharing App
Ridesharing apps do seem to be popular, but they aren't the best choice for those needing transportation. There are several reasons you should consider using a limousine service instead of a rideshare. Before catching a ride, there are several things that you should take into consideration. By looking at all the facts, you can make a more informed decision and choose a safer alternative to get where you need to go. Regardless of what kind of transportation you are using, you need to make sure your safety is a priority.
Experience Does Count
Ridesharing companies and limousine services fall into different categories, so they have different requirements when it comes to staying licensed and operable. Limousine drivers have to maintain special certifications and a commercial driver's license (CDL). This means they must undergo routine Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examinations and submit to random drug screens. Ridesharing drivers can often have a traditional driver's license and depending upon the rideshare company they work for, their medical exams and drug screens might not be anywhere near as stringent or regular.
Limousine services are more stringently regulated than most rideshare services. This means limousine drivers undergo more extensive background checks. When you get into a car, you want to know something about who you are getting in the vehicle with. You don't want to risk getting into the car with a driver who has a sketchy past. A limousine driver has to have a background that is free from violent crimes and that doesn't reflect drug or alcohol abuse. Background checks used by most ridesharing companies just adhere to the regulations and because they aren't as heavily regulated, they may not be as thorough or as strict.
While you would like to think accidents don't happen, they can happen and they do happen. You want to make sure you are properly protected in the event of a crash. Limousine services have to meet specific business insurance requirements, which is usually a minimum of $1 million liability coverage. This way, if there is a crash you know your medical expenses and losses will be taken care of. Some rideshare companies require the driver to be connected to an app when in operation to ensure insurance coverage, so if there is a dead zone or a connection issue you may end up out of luck and paying out of pocket.
Getting a Ride
When selecting a form of transportation, choosing a limousine service over a rideshare can definitely impact your safety. You want to know you aren't getting in the vehicle with a habitual criminal with a record of sexual offenses and violent crimes. You want to know that you are being transported by someone who doesn't abuse drugs or alcohol and who has a clean driving record. And, in the event of an accident, you want to know adequate insurance coverage is in place. Choosing a limousine service is a much safer choice when you need to get somewhere.
This article was created by the Outreach Team at Personal Injury Help, an organization dedicated to providing the public with information about personal injury and safety information. Nothing in this article constitutes legal advice or opinion, and is intended for informational use only. To find out more about them, you can go to www.personalinjury-law.com or contact them at email@example.com
There is little difference between poverty and food insecurity, and both result in the same deficiency: an inadequate and unhealthy diet. Per the World Food Programme, 795,000,000 (yes, that’s million) people in the world do not have enough food to eat. Feeding America Food Banks states that more than 42,000,000 of these people live in the Unites States and 1 out of 7 of those people live in Illinois. In Cook County alone, 1 in 6 people have food insecurity per A Just Harvest. That’s a total of 807,000 people, both adults and children, in Cook County that do not have enough proper food to eat.
This year, Going Green Limousine is excited to host our very first food drive through The Greater Depository of Chicago. Our Ride to Drive out Hunger begins November 1st and runs through until November 21st, 2016. Your chauffeur will happily accept your donations when he picks you up for your ride. You can also donate online at https://www.myfooddrive.org/drive.php?2745a58069 or drop off canned goods and other non-perishable items at our Schiller Park Office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, from 7:30am until 4:00pm or on Saturdays from 10:00am until 6:00pm.
If you are giving canned goods to your chauffeur or dropping them off at our office, we will give you Carma Cash in show of our appreciation. Carma Cash has a $5 value for the food drive and can be redeemed as a credit on a future ride of your choice. If you are donating online, you can still receive you Carma Cash, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and we’ll send you your Carma Cash. Donating is just good CARma. Thank you in advance for supporting this very worthy cause. With your help, we can help end hunger.
For questions regarding our Chicago limo Ride to Drive out Hunger food drive, contact Rebecca at Going Green Limousine at (773) 295-5959. Thanks again!
The seating arrangements in a stretch limo can vary, and the configuration may make a difference in the type of stretch limo you are interested in reserving. Always ask your limo reservationist for assistance if you are uncertain of what would work best for your stretch limo event transportation.
Typical stretch limo arrangements can be found below for your reference.
A 4 to 6 passenger stretch limo sedan typically has two bench rows facing each other and offers ample leg room. Some versions of this limo, however, have a J configuration, with the back seat in its traditional position and a bench row along the length of the stretch limo for additional seating. (Check out the interior of this classic stretch limo!)
An 8 to 10 passenger stretch limo most often has a J configuration, with the traditional back seat in the back and a bench row along one side of the stretch limo with a bar along the other side of the stretch limo.
When stretch limos are longer, such as a 12 passenger stretch limo or an 18 passenger stretch limo, the seating arrangements tend to alternate so that some parts of bench seats face each other while other parts of the bench seats face a bar or two, depending upon the length of the stretch limo. The back seating area in these stretches can be traditional, but more often than not they are designed with classier seating and commonly referred to as the Bride and Groom seating area of the stretch limo.
Buses do not get stretched, but they do have two different types of seating. Shuttle buses have row seating, where all of the passengers face forward. Party buses tend to have bench seating along one side or both sides of the bus, depending upon the placement of the limo bar(s).
If you are uncertain of how the stretch limo interiors look, you should ask your limo reservationist to email you photos or direct you to their stretch limo photo gallery on their limo website. While most limo transportation companies will provide you with a nice stretch limo, if it isn’t what you were expecting, then you will be disappointed. Better to have Peace of Mind and know exactly what your stretch limo will look like so that you can plan for your limo event. If you would like to see any of our stretch limos, you may request photos by email or visit our Going Green Limousine Chicago stretch limos at our Schiller Park location. Please call 773 295 5959 to schedule a stretch limo fleet viewing today.
There are many modes of transportation available to you as a consumer. You can catch a ride with family or a friend, hail a taxi, hop on a bus, take a train, or reserve a limo. Chicagoans and people worldwide make this choice every day. Some people understand the value of taking a limo service, while others don’t really know what a limo service actually offers.
So, what does a limo service offer? Professionalism, for starters. Limo companies provide you with professional chauffeurs who are trained in this industry. They have safe driving records, know the areas they service, understand local traffic patterns, and can provide you with facts about the town and local eateries. They are good conversationalists who are skilled at knowing when a passenger wants to chat or when a passenger wants to nap. Small talk and silence, believe it or not, is a specialty trait. Professional chauffeurs assist with luggage, get doors, and provide you with refreshing bottled water. Additionally, Chicago limo chauffeurs are annually background checked, drug tested, and required to undergo a medical physical exam every year.
What about the limos themselves? They are newer, meticulously clean, and mechanically maintained to provide you with a safe and comfortable ride. Vehicles range from sedans to stretch limos, but you can rest assured that a limo service will be sure you get a car that you will enjoy riding in. And don’t forget, that professional chauffeur will help you get even more comfortable by adjusting the temperature to meet your needs and setting the ambiance with music of your request.
Is insurance important? What about business licenses? Yes! Professional limousine services will always have the proper insurance and registration required to operate in the town in which it is licensed. Getting into a vehicle that is not commercially insured could be disastrous for all parties involved and is completely unacceptable in the limo industry. Furthermore, not being properly licensed and registered could mean leaving a passenger stranded by the side of the road, which would be intolerable and stressful. A good limo company knows the importance of following rules and regulations and providing peace of mind at all times.
The next time you need airport transportation, limo service, or have a wedding, birthday, or any other event, consider your ground transportation options and what type of service will best get you to your destinations safely and on time. Then choose a limo company that is highly rated and reputable so that you know you will be receiving the top notch service you deserve. You may always call Going Green Limousine, Chicago limo service for all of Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and Milwaukee Wisconsin areas. 773 295 5959
Size matters. And this is especially true when renting a black car service or stretch limo. Weddings, proms, airport transportation, or any other event that requires ground transportation must secure the right size vehicle. Unfortunately, consumers need to be aware of this when they are calling around limo price shopping, because many limo companies will misstate the vehicle capacity in order to get the limo booking.
Airport transportation consumers are not at risk of getting cheated as much as people with stretch limo needs. However, there are some things for which people needing airport transportation should consider, namely their cargo and the number of passengers. If you only have two passengers but six large suitcases, you will not fit in a standard sedan and you will need a large SUV. If the limo that comes to pick you up is not large enough for your luggage, then you will be forced to take a taxi with some of your bags. This is a bigger expense for you as well as a hassle. And if there is only one passenger, well . . . then you will have to separate from some of your luggage. Either way, it’s not a good scenario. So, be sure to be accurate with your passenger and luggage count so that you reserve a vehicle large enough for your belongings as well as your personal comfort. (Quick note: stretch limos do not have more cargo space. The builders stretch the car, not the trunk, so there tends to be very limited cargo space in stretch limos, which is one of the reasons we do not use them for airport transportation.)
A major problem with vehicle capacity in the limo industry comes into play when a limo company tries to sell an undersized vehicle. This is typically done because that stretch limo is either the only one the limo company has, or it is the only one available for that day and time. Whatever the reason, it’s bad news for you, the consumer, and for multiple reasons.
First, you are overpaying for a vehicle. If you order a 10 passenger stretch limo and the company sends you an 8 passenger stretch limo, you just received a smaller stretch for the bigger stretch limo price.
Second, the stretch limo is not insured for over capacity. If you load 10 passengers in an 8 passenger stretch limo, the insurance will be void, leaving everyone in a very precarious situation.
Third, you will be cramped beyond comfort. A limo capacity is typically obtained by the number of seat belts installed (or what should be installed if the limo is built to code). When you’re limo pricing, a 12 passenger stretch limo should have 12 seat belts in the back. This means you will have 12 people sitting side by side uniformly. This may or may not be the most comfortable arrangement. Therefore, if you are going to have 12 people, you may want a slightly larger stretch limo, such as a 14 passenger stretch limo, so that you have some personal space and wiggle room. Certainly, if you have 12 large guys, a 12 passenger stretch is not the correct choice. Remember to also take your apparel into consideration. Bridal gowns and tuxedos should not risk getting crumpled in the wedding limo.
It is important to note that this counting of seat belts does not include the driver up front, and potentially the front passenger seat as well. Some limo companies will sell you a 12 passenger stretch limo, but it only has 10 seat belts in back and they are counting the 2 up front. Unfortunately, the driver’s seat is already spoken for and the passenger seat, if there is one (sometimes they are removed for a cooler location or other supplies), means someone is sitting up front and missing the fun.
For the reasons just mentioned above, you will notice that we actually sell our stretch limos with a number range. Our 12 to 14 passenger Lincoln Navigator stretch limo SUV actually has 14 seat belts in back. (Notice, we don’t count the 2 seats up front). However, the number of passengers who will fit comfortably in the back will depend largely upon the size of the people, therefore we prefer to sell it as a 12 passenger stretch limo that can legally hold 14 people. How many passengers you choose to put back there is your choice, as long as it does not exceed our maximum loading capacity. We do the same thing with our 18 to 20 passenger Cadillac Escalade stretch limo SUV. It’s only fair, but we are a family owned limo company, so we do things a little differently.
So please be warned, if you are ordering a 10 passenger stretch limo, you may see an 8 passenger stretch limo pull up to your door instead. When you are price shopping, ask how many seat belts are in back, and when the limo arrives at your house for your special event, don’t be afraid to check the loading capacity before entering. And of course, for your own personal comfort and enjoyment, consider ordering a stretch limo that is slightly larger than your party size. You are getting a limo because you want to have fun, and while we certainly hope all of the passengers like each other, sitting that close to each other is most certainly not the ambiance you want.
Have fun shopping for your airport car service and your event limo service. Just be sure to ask questions regarding cargo space and personal comfort. Your black car service and limo service should be giving you peace of mind, not sweaty armpits. And that is not stretching the truth.